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Development Configuration

This is for running a local configuration, for running unit-tests, etc.


This is just how I work on phpVMS, to quickly reset the database and test/develop items locally, without having to transfer files anywhere. I mainly use the Docker Compose setup

If you're on Windows, I highly recommend installing WSL with your distro of choice (I use Ubuntu). If you don't have make available, open the Makefile and look for the commands to run for the individual commands of what you're trying to run.

Creating and Resetting the Environment


This requires sqlite to be installed on your system

To quickly setup a running install, you can do this:

git clone phpvms
cd phpvms
composer update
php artisan phpvms:dev-install

The phpvms:dev-install command creates the two config files: config.php and env.php. It will then run the migrations, and install the sample seed data, which is located in app/Database/seeds/sample.yml

Then to reset the database and reinstall the dev data:

php artisan phpvms:dev-install --reset-db

This does require sqlite. If you want to use MySQL, you need to run the phpVMS installer, so it can generate the config files for MySQL (or you can modify the generated config.php), then you can run the above command to reset the database and migrations in MySQL.

Resetting the Environment

To reset the database/clear cache, use this command.

make reload-db

You can run the reload-db command as much as you want. If you log in using the default login (, this won't log you out, it'll just reload the database with all the sample data (from app/Database/seeds/sample.yml)


extract files and run the migrations:

php artisan migrate

Composer Access

By default, the Makefile calls the system-wide composer. If your host requires a certain path or name for composer, add COMPOSER= to the front of the make command, e.g:

COMPOSER=composer.phar make install

Docker Compose

A full development environment can be brought up using Docker, without having to install composer/npm locally

make docker-test

# **OR** with docker-compose directly

docker-compose -f docker-compose.yml -f docker-compose.local.yml up

Then go to http://localhost. If you're using dnsmasq, the app container is listening on phpvms.test, or you can add to your /etc/hosts file:   phpvms.test

Then visit your site at http://phpvms.test. This is what I (Nabeel) use for my day-to-day development

Laravel Valet

If you don't want to use docker-compose, easiest way to load locally is to install Laravel Valet (if you're running a Mac). Follow the instructions to install; you install it, go to your phpvms directory, and run:

valet link phpvms

Now going to http://phpvms.test should work. If you want to use mysql, follow the valet directions on installing mysql (brew install mysql) and then update the env.php file to point to the mysql.

The default username and password are and admin. To see the available users in the development environment, see this file

There is no reason you can't use MAMP or XAMPP, or if you're feeling fancy, using Docker or configuring any webservers yourself.